A course which provides a general introduction to the field of teaching. Students will explore educational careers, teaching preparation and professional expectations as well as requirements for teacher certification. Current trends and issues in education will be examined.
Examines the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and moral development of childbirth through adolescence with a focus on the middle years through adolescence. Basic theories of child development, and the study of children through observation and interviewing techniques are explored. The influence of parents, peers, the school environment, culture and the media are discussed.
Introduction to instructional computing and educational computing literature. Provides hands-on experience with educational software, utility packages, and commonly used microcomputer hardware.
Provides the education major with background in the science process skills. Students will explore science through active participation and reflect on content, skills, and dispositions as a member of a learning community. Students will learn how to ask inquiry questions related to the natural world, plan investigations, and formulate explanations.
Provides an introduction to teaching the exceptional child. Includes theories and practices for producing optimal developmental growth. Develops teaching techniques. Explores public policy, inclusion, early intervention, and IEP's (laws). Explores the types of special needs and provides opportunities through field experience to practice methods for helping children within special education and gifted/talented programs.
This course examines children’s literature for the preschool child through adolescence. Students will also study the relationship to literacy development. This course not only focuses on the traditional aspects of literacy but also examines other genres of literature (i.e. picture books, folk tales, poetry, short stories, historical and contemporary fiction, fantasy, biographies, and novels). Also, the benefits and rewards to literature will be discussed – enjoyment, aesthetics, comprehension strategies, imagination, cognition, language, multicultural integration, as well as, the development of the love of reading. Additionally, the role of art, illustrations, and media adaptations will be examined in conjunction with children’s literature throughout the years. Students will also be introduced to literature awarded with the Newbery Award and Caldecott Medal distinctions.